The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout

The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout

Jill Abramson

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0805093427

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


An instructive and marvelously entertaining chronicle of a puppy's first year, by the executive editor of The New York Times

One sparkling summer day, Jill Abramson brought home a nine-week-old golden retriever named Scout. Over the following year, as she and her husband raised their adorable new puppy, Abramson wrote a hugely popular column for The New York Times's website about the joys and challenges of training this rambunctious addition to their family. Dog-lovers from across the country inundated her with e-mails and letters, and the photos they sent in of their own dogs became the most visited photo album on the Times's site in 2009.

Now Abramson has gone far beyond the material in her column and written a detailed and deeply personal account of Scout's first year. Part memoir, part manual, part investigative report, The Puppy Diaries continues Abramson's intrepid reporting on all things canine. Along the way, she weighs in on such issues as breeders or shelters, adoption or rescue, raw diet or vegan, pack-leader gurus like Cesar Millan or positive-reinforcement advocates like Karen Pryor.

What should you expect when a new puppy enters your life? With utterly winning stories and a wealth of practical information, The Puppy Diaries provides an essential road map for navigating the first year of your dog's life.

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what had happened, he cried out, “Scoutie looks like a dalmatian!” She was a terrible, sticky mess, and after dragging her into the house I scoured the Internet for remedies. Once I discovered the recommended treatment, I dabbed the spots of tar with olive oil and peanut butter. By the end of this tedious process, Scout was once again blond, but she smelled like a peanut butter sandwich. Our house wasn’t far from Long Island Sound, and during Adam’s visit we often took Scout for walks on the

and is loved by its owner, it can have a good life.” Karen Overall, another animal behaviorist, agreed that a dog owner’s most important responsibility is spending time with the pet and giving it plenty of exercise. It is true, she said, that dogs who are cooped up for hours in cramped apartments can acquire behavioral problems and are sometimes prone to obesity. But she also said that many city dogs live happy lives. In fact, Dr. Overall—a professor of psychology and behavior in the Psychiatry

closet. On our very next visit, Scout stuck her head in my sister’s fireplace and was instantly covered in black soot. Then she made a beeline for the closet and stole Frenchie again. When my sister saw that Frenchie, after being covered with Scout kisses, had become a little gray stuffed dog, she gave up and told Scout she could keep Frenchie for good. Laughing, she said, “I guess you want a baby now that you’re big.” Scout, seeming to understand that she had won her coveted toy, wagged her tail

competitions, but it didn’t prevent us from entering her in an annual event in our Connecticut town called the Parade of Pooches. The show takes place on our town green and is a completely unofficial, just-for-fun competition. It only resembles the real Westminster show—held each year at Madison Square Garden and the pinnacle of U.S. dog shows—in that the dogs are judged by breed and given awards. And there is no Best in Show award, the crown jewel of Westminster and the title of the very funny

judges, assured me that it was nothing like the extravaganza in New York; she also convinced me that Scout would enjoy it and that it was impossible to be disgraced. Diane told me that just about every dog won a ribbon, which put me in mind of those long-ago days when Cornelia and Will, like almost every other child, had come home at the end of the school year with some kind of trophy. The morning of the show, Scout was excited by our vigorous brushing of her fur, and I even brushed her teeth

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